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THE TIMES-DELPHIC DES MOINES, IOWA • Thursday, September 24, 2009 • VOL. 128, NO. 5 •








The Drake Observatory is hosting a fall series held Friday nights.

The Sports Business Association helps Drake students find internships.

Football star injures his foot for a careerending injury and huge loss for Drake.







City bans 27th Street parking

Dogtown Fest returns after threeyear hiatus by MARIAH MARCONI

Staff Writer

photo by TYLER O’NEIL | Relays Editor

27TH STREET, in between Old Main and Forest Avenue, now only offers parking on the east side of the street, eliminating nearly 40 spots.

Drake Facilities asked city council for the parking change by TYLER O’NEIL

Relays Editor


A soon-to-be-passed city regulation has left the segment of 27th Street between Forest and Carpenter Avenues literally half empty. An e-mail distributed Tuesday morning by Drake University informed faculty, staff and students that, effective Sept. 23, at 6 a.m., parking would no longer be allowed on the east side of 27th Street. On Tuesday afternoon, no-parking signs were put in place. This will not be the first time 27th Street has seen one-side parking. Jennifer Dakovich, principle traffic engineer for the City of Des Moines, said that eight years ago, Drake University administrators requested the city allow parking on both

sides of the street to increase parking availability. She said this was unique for a one-way street, especially given that 27th Street is only approximately 30 feet wide. Mark Chambers, Drake facilities general manager, said the two-sided parking has raised some major concerns with the university and “has been seen as a problem for years.” With cars on both sides of the street, Chambers said garbage trucks, facilities vehicles and emergency responders, such as ambulances and fire trucks, have had a hard time traversing the street. Furthermore, although the street is owned by the city, Des Moines city plows couldn’t fit, forcing the university to clear the snow. “I’ve seen countless accidents on that street,” Chambers said. “Students and faculty alike slip on the ice and unplowed build-up.” With the addition of 400 new parking spots last year, Chambers said he approached Vice President of Business and Finance Victoria Payseur with a request to change

the parking regulation. Chambers said the process took less than a month, which is uncommon for city council proceedings. City engineer Dakovich said once the city received letters from Drake and the only other property owner along that segment of 27th Street requesting the parking change, the issue went before the Traffic Safety Committee. The committee recommended to the Des Moines City Council to remove parking on the east side. Although the parking ban has only passed its first reading before the Des Moines City Council, Dakovich said the issue will likely pass as part of the consent agenda at the Sept. 28 meeting. She said the signs and parking enforcement has started early as part of a special action by the city. The new parking ban has eliminated between 30 to 40 parking spots in the center of campus, but Chambers said there will only be a limited impact on students or


The Drake neighborhood is ready to rock this weekend. The Drake Area Business Association (DABA) is hosting “Dogtown Fest,” a neighborhood block party featuring music and activities. “We have not had the Dogtown Fest for three years, and, now that we are bringing it back, it’s going to be bigger than before,” Larry James, the DABA president, said. The event will take place this Saturday on University Avenue, between 23rd Street and 25th Street, from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. There will be live performances by local bands, while local artists will showcase their work. Vendors from the downtown Market Day will also be selling food and drinks. The event is free and open to the public. “There will be a mix of people and a great opportunity to introduce students to local businesses,” James said. There will be two stages to feature the live performances, one outdoors and one acoustic stage located in the Mars Café. The coffee shop manager, Matthew Shwery, said the café stage lineup will feature local artists James Biehn, Seedlings and Curry & Red. Performances in the café will run from 6 p.m. to midnight. The lineup for the outdoor stage includes Finn Miles, Menlo, Beati Paoli, Maxilla Blue and Cashes Rivers. Performances will last from 4:15 p.m. to 11 p.m. There will also be people dressed up as Sumo wrestlers fighting in the street outside of the Sushi Bar. “We have added more vendors, scheduled some of the best bands in town and are really very excited for this year’s fest,” James said. The Cruiser Bike Show will take place on University Avenue between 3 and 5 p.m. Dogtown Fest will also feature children’s games, live art and a beer tent. Sponsors for the fest include Cityview, Doll Distributing, Drake Area Business Association, Drake Neighborhood Association, Drake University, Market Day, Scion of Des Moines and U.S. Bank.


Students for Women’s Issues leads self-defense class The student-run course helped teach students how to use basic fighting techniques by KRISTEN SMITH

Staff Writer

If Miss Congeniality taught us nothing else, it was to SING. Solar plexus. Instep. Nose. Groin. That’s right: Self-defense in a simple pseudonym. In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Week, Students for Women’s Issues offered a self-defense class this Monday. David Heineman (B1) led the class for Drake students. “Today is about using the resources you already have to defend yourself and to hopefully get away safely,” SWI co-president Jennifer Henry (AS3) said. Heineman has shared his art since he was 13 years old. He has a third-degree black belt in Taekwondo and Budo Jujitsu and a first degree in Hapkido. Heineman demonstrated basic, yet effective, moves that can deter

attackers in various situations. One thing that makes women easy targets is their long hair, Heineman said. He said that if the attacker grabs your hair, you should get control of his hand and strike him in the face. However,

“The simplest way to get out of it is to kick him in the knee.” – DAVID HEINMAN (B1), self-defense class instructor Heineman advised using the heel of your hand rather than a fist. The natural reaction women have when being assaulted is to try

and pull away from their attacker. However, it is more effective to use their energy against them. “If he’s pulling you, you don’t want to resist,” Heineman said. “The simplest way to get out of it is to kick him in the knee.” Heineman has his own memory device for self-defense: See, air, run. “Make it so they can’t breathe, they can’t see and they can’t move,” Heineman said. “Hit them as hard as you can in the nose or throat, the eyes and their knees.” However, you don’t need Jackie Chan’s moves to stay safe; just be smart. “When you’re walking at night, always walk with somebody,” Heineman said. That cute purse you brought to


photo by SARAH ANDREWS | Photo Editor

LAUREN REED (PP2) practices self-defense techniques in Morehouse.





“The simplest way to get out of it is to kick him in the knee.” – David Heineman (B1), class leader of the SWI self-defense class. SEE PAGE 1


SECURITY REPORTS 1:33 a.m. September 13 A male and three females were seen on CCTV passing a pipe just north of Opperman Hall. The four students were confronted and all said they were smoking a cigarette. They were then told that they were seen on camera. The male then produced the pipe bearing the picture of the President of the United States of America with “Hope” engraved on the pipe. The bowl was full of burnt and fresh marijuana. The pipe was confiscated and the matter has been coordinated with the assistant dean of students.

4:43 a.m. Sept. 5 Security received a call from a female stating that she was hearing a fire alarm at 2923 Brattleboro Ave. and that something was burning. Security officers and the fire department responded. The security officer knocked on the door several times and finally a female answered the door. The apartment was full of smoke. It was determined

that the female student resident had placed food on the stove at about 3 a.m., turned the burner on full blast and then went into the next room and fell asleep. The fire department used a fan to clear the smoke. The Drake Real Estate Manager was notified. 5:30 p.m. Sept. 5 A male student requested assistance in removing hand

cuffs that had been placed on his wrist. Police were called and they advised to have the fire department take care of his problem with bolt cutters, which they did.

some time between 1 a.m. and 4:48 a.m. on Sept. 13. A stereo speaker and disco light were damaged. There was no evidence of forced entry. The students declined to file a police report.

11 p.m. Sept. 4 A security officer reported several adult male BMX riders doing stunts off the stairs near Cline Hall. He told them to stop, and they sped at a higher rate of speed directly at him. One of the bikers struck him with an elbow. There was a short pursuit, and the subjects escaped.

1:45 p.m. Sept. 14 A staff member reported a sanitizer machine missing from Cartwright Hall. It was last seen on the morning of Sept. 10 and was discovered missing on the morning of Sept. 14. It has been substantiated the suspect was able to escape cleanly.

2:46 p.m. Sept. 10 Security responded to a Drake parking lot located in the 2900 block of Forest Ave. based on report of three males who appeared to be harassing a female. The males stated they had been passing through the area and were just trying to pick up some girls. Police were called and all three were advised on trespass on the campus. 4:48 a.m. Sept. 13 Male students reported their apartment was vandalized

4:07 p.m. Sept. 14 Security and fire/rescue responded to a Drake parking lot located at 2401 University Ave. A 92year-old male had fallen and injured his nose and forehead. He declined medical assistance and left the area in his vehicle. 11:41 p.m. Sept. 17 Security received a call from a female student about a male following and harassing her and her friends near 24th and University Avenue. The male was stopped and

Students learn self-defense the party or the high heels you wore to the bar could be an assaulter’s worst nightmare. “Use everyday objects as weapons,” Heineman said. “Keep your purse in your hand, not over your shoulder.” This way, it is ready to be used as a defense weapon. Lauren Reed (PP2) also attended the class. “People think about (self-defense) all the time, but this is one time we get to experience the opportunity,” she said. “Definitely, as a female, it helps to have those skills.” For Sexual Assault Awareness Week, SWI also hosted a “Rape-Free Zone” on Tuesday to stimulate conversation about sexual assault. Tomorrow, SWI will be showing “Speak,” a film about sexual assault, at 8:30 p.m. in the Bulldog Theatre.

FROM PARKING BAN, PAGE 1 faculty. “Our observation is that there is a liberal amount of parking on campus – not necessarily next to the doors,” Chambers said. Residents of Jewett Hall appear to disagree with Chambers. The residence hall has limited parking lot availability – 28 spots for 160 residents. With the reduction of street parking, residents are concerned about availability. “It’s frustrating that I paid so much for a parking pass but there is so little parking close to Jewett,” Amanda Steele (E2) said. Benjamin Jones (HS2) said he has already experienced numerous problems finding parking, not only in the lot and on 27th Street, but also in the lot on University Avenue across from Morehouse Hall. “If they take (some street parking) away too, where else are we going to park?” Jones said. Robert Patterson (B4) said removal of street parking is also an issue for students unable to afford parking passes, pushing them even farther off campus.

1:08 a.m. Sept. 18 A security officer observed two females on a bench between Morehouse and Cowles Library. One female fell on the ground. She was helped to her feet by the officer and other female student. The underage for drinking female student was vomiting. When she was done, she stated she was OK and would have a friend come from her residence hall and walk her back. The friend arrived, and the security officer made sure they got back to their residence hall. The dean of students was advised. 5:22 a.m. Sept. 18 Security and fire/rescue responded to 1235 34th St. based on report of an intoxicated male who was unresponsive and that his lips were turning blue. A

male student advised the underage-for-drinking male student had arrived at the fraternity house at about 5 a.m. He said he had been drinking, had taken some type of pills, was intoxicated and was sick. He was taken upstairs and given bread and water. He was left there for a short time. Later someone went back to the room and found that he was laying on his back with vomit on his face. He was then taken back downstairs to the front yard. Fire/ rescue transported him to a local hospital and it was heard that the drug taken was Oxycodone. The dean of students was advised. 1:13 p.m. Sept. 18 A male student reported someone broke the handlebar stem off his vintage bicycle and stole it as well as the brake lever. The theft occurred between noon on Sept. 17 and 11 a.m. on Sept. 18 on the south side of Ross Residence Hall.

“I care about astronomy because I like to see boldly where no man has gone before.”


Parking ban drives students away

identified as a person who had been advised on trespass 13 times over several years; the last time being 2003. The subject had also been arrested six different times for trespass. Police were called and the male was again advised on trespass.

– HERBERT SCHWARTZ, former Drake professor

photo courtesy of DRAKE UNIVERSITY

THE DRAKE MUNICIPAL OBSERVATORY will continue its lecture series on astronomy through the end of October.

Drake Municipal Observatory offers lecture to the community by ERIN HOGAN

News Editor

Former Drake professor Herbert Schwartz shared his knowledge of the history of the telescope with Des Moines community members last Friday night. The presentation was part of the weekly astronomy series at the Drake Municipal Observatory. The lectures primarily cater to interested members of the community or people familiar with the Des Moines Astronomical Society, Schwartz said. But, all are welcome. Most of the audience last Friday were children and families. Two Drake students attended the event for their Introduction to Astronomy class. “It’s a little less academic and a little more fun than traditional classes,” Schwartz said. The observatory is home to three telescopes: one refractor and two compound “reflactors,” as Schwartz calls them. The “reflactor” is a hybrid between a reflecting telescope and a refracting telescope. Following the presentation, guests are allowed to climb the winding staircase to the roof of the observatory to look through the refracting telescope. Drake professor Charles Nelson located two double stars for guests to view, though he said it was a “murky” night for stargazing. Nelson is the chair of the astronomy department at Drake.


He said there are currently only five to 10 astronomy majors at Drake. It is similar to the physics major, but with a few additional astronomy classes, most of which are taught by Nelson. Schwartz estimated there were about 60 people at last week’s presentation. He said they sometimes attract up to 100 people, filling the entire main room of the observatory. “The presentations are very informal and our way of reaching out to the community,” Schwartz said. Schwartz taught at Drake from 1976 to 2003. He now works for the Iowa Elections Commission, but remains an active member of the Des Moines Astronomical Society. “I care about astronomy because I like to see boldly where no man has gone before,” Schwartz said. The observatory is used for a variety of events, from informal community classes, such as last week’s, to weddings and social events. However, Schwartz said the Astronomical Society is devising a plan to make the facility more user-friendly. The observatory is also used occasionally by the night labs of the Drake astronomy classes. Drake has been sponsoring a fall, spring and summer astronomy lecture series for 20 to 30 years, Nelson said. This was the second presentation of the 2009 fall series. Schwartz first examined the human eye as an instrument for astronomy. Next week, he will deliver the second part of his presentation on the telescope. The last presentation of the fall series will be Oct. 30.









What’s buzzing? Knats. In your ears, eyes and all over your clothes.


Dating dilemmas Fun first dates liven up the love


hat’s in a date? Is it the traditional, American classic – dinner and a movie? That is always a good fallback. Or does watching a movie in a dorm room qualify as a date? Sorry, but that, my friends, falls under the hanging-out category. It is time for us to rise up and become creative. Well, at the bare minimum, show that you actually put a little effort into planning the date. First dates are a toughie. Not just because they tend to go either great or just plain awful. Not to mention, they can also be very awkward and uncomfortable. My advice is to do a more active date, like a hike, rock-wall climbing, minigolf or going to the beach (kind of getting a little cold for that now, but you get the idea). Do something that would be fun for both of you and something that would be an enjoyable icebreaker. As it becomes more serious, like turning into an actual relationship, it is vital to still go out on dates. You need to keep the spark going and not become overly comfortable with each another. Trust me on this one, many fabulous relationships end because they lose the most fun part – being active with each other and not sticking to a routine. For example, some couples staying in every weekend and watching movies or going out all the time. I believe it is extremely important all couples spend time apart and have dates with their friends, like girls’ or guys’ night

out. This can keep both the capitol. So grab a bite people sane. Just because to eat and then explore you have a new girlfriend the city together. or a boyfriend doesn’t Picnics are cheap and mean your old life should a good way to bond over go into storage. It is food and enjoy the weather my belief that the best before the crazy Iowa JEN CALDER couples out there are winter is here. Concerts those who have the same and shows are a fun way COLUMNIST schedule and priorities as to get to know the other they did before they were person’s interests a little in a relationship, except better and connect over now their life is just that much better (and a rocking-good time. Casinos would also maybe a little busier, too). be a fun place to go, just be careful neither Here are some more unconventional of you spend too much money. Bowling dates that could be for everyone. A note is always tons of fun, especially if you are to the guys, being creative and taking the half as horrible as I am, then it’s just funny. time to plan something earns you tons of It’s all about just getting out of the dorm brownie points with us girls. When I say room and spending time together.

As it becomes more serious … it is vital to still go out on dates. You need to keep the spark going and not become overly comfortable with each another. this, looking up movie times instead of having us do it does not count as putting in extra effort. Going somewhere you have never gone before can be an amazing date. Freshman – going to downtown Des Moines at night can actually be really pretty, especially at

Something else to know is that dates do not have to cost much, or at all, for that matter. Some of the best dates I have ever been on were going for a walk somewhere romantic, working out or going on a hike (yes, believe it or not, I am outdoors-y). Surprisingly, most girls I know are, too, as

Our Two Cents What’s the TD staff complaining about this week?


• A big thanks to the Des Moines City Council for the new parking ban on the east side of 27th Street. Now Jewett residents can enjoy a long, late-night walk from the stadium parking lot instead of the end of 27th Street. It’s nice to see how far a $250 parking pass will take you – it certainly doesn’t put you close to your dorm room.

• Thought we’d lucked out with a cool Des Moines summer? Now it’s catching up with us. The gnats are biting, distracting you in class and flying in your eyes as you walk across campus. The good news: Gnats are no Arnold Schwarzenegger. A common cause of death for gnats: Drowning in coffee. Gnats are attracted to the beans, but can’t seem to handle the hard stuff. Starbucks – get ready for some serious business. Gnats, game on. CORRECTIONS

• It’s our favorite time of the year – Theta Chi/Delta Gamma Fall Kill. College ladies running around in wet t-shirts, giggling as they run away from guys shooting liquid out of their pistols. Yep, an event just as mature as this paragraph.

The Sodexo article in last week’s issue said that Danny Akright (J,AS4) serves on a committee focused on student input into dining. It is, in fact, Sodexo worker Dannie Crozier, not Akright. We apologize for the confusion.




TYLER O’NEIL, Relays Editor

PHIL KREZNOR, Business Manager


Calder is a sophomore public relations major and can be contacted at



ere are the opinions that are floating around our newsroom:

long as it’s nice outside. How about another great idea? The library! The real library. Hear me out on this one: I always see couples in the library and I think that is not only the cutest thing I have ever seen, but also a very smart thing to do. The couple that studies together stays together. Just grab a coffee and you’re really killing two birds with one stone: getting your homework done and spending time with your significant other. The biggest point I am trying to get across here is get out there and date! Hanging out is all good and dandy, but legit dates are the key to a lasting, quality relationship. There will always be those nights where all you want to do is go out to Peggy’s, and other nights you just want to stay in and watch a movie. Movies are totally acceptable every once in a while, but I cannot emphasize enough how important dates are, even if it is just a quick lunch. It’s time together that will only bring you that much closer and make you that much stronger. Don’t forget dates with your friends, too. Oh, one last thing (this is not to the boys, this time). Girls, you are just as capable of planning dates, too! So now, it’s just another battle of the sexes: Who can come up with the best date this weekend?

Goals and grievances


Endless activities open doors

nother week, another column. I have spent the last week or so analyzing my goals for college and comparing them to the reality. I have noticed a few wins and a few losses. For example, physical activity. I planned on working out often here at Drake, yet I find myself moaning about taking the stairs. The elevator and handicap doors require so much less exertion than antiquated stairs or manual doors. Another example, time management. I was going to spend all my time at the library and not procrastinate. In reality, library means futon and not procrastinating means falling only a little behind. How about diet? I can answer this goal with one word: Hubbell. I love Sodexo as much as the next guy, but offering me all-you-can-eat tramples over the tiny bit of self-control that I do have. One thing I am meeting my goals on, however, is getting involved. Drake University has loads to offer and it is easy to join too much of it. All it takes is one e-mail to any of the hundred or so groups and they will snatch you up like they are Exxon-Mobil and you are a raw oil deposit. There are so many people

RYAN PRICE COLUMNIST and groups pulling on us this first year of college. Everyone knows that we possess our tabula rasa and they want to take advantage of it. Teachers have hinted at me to consider adding another major. The community service fair last week made the booth workers look like rabid animals and us like fresh meat. Honors council took about 30 honors students on a retreat a few weekends back using a lot of their budget. And what about rush? Rush week was nothing more than a week of getting hit on by people of the same sex. It was the only time we’ll feel completely comfortable with a bunch of guys (or girls) dining us, asking us our interests (while making uncomfortable amounts of eye contact) and then offering to show us their room. This is another reason I appreciate Drake University and the choice I made in my college. At an undergraduate

school of over 2,000 students, groups don’t need to actively recruit to stay alive. They probably look for upperclassmen who can add to their credibility. Yet here at Drake, groups are continually recruiting and the freshmen are the jackpot. Now, none of this is to neglect the point that some of us first-year students may likely be feeling lonely. I am sure there are plenty of us who sit in our rooms and listen to everyone else going to and fro, from activity to activity, while we do nothing. There are some of us still adjusting who may just want our high school friends back and our family from home. This, I’m sure, is a minority, but a pretty sizeable one. The point is, there are plenty of activities here just waiting for another first-year to express interest. There are other freshmen feeling lonely, too. This is college and we have that blank slate. Let’s use it and get out there. I mean, you don’t even need to take the stairs or manually open the door on the way there.

Price is a first-year journalism major and can be contacted at

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Dogtown Fest happening Saturday, September 26, from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. between 23rd and 25th Street on University.


SBA helps students to secure internships Sports Business Association seeks networking opportunities for members by ALYSSE GEAR

Staff Writer

The Sports Business Administration (SBA) is the closest thing to an internship of any group on campus, and it’s only approaching its second year as an organization. Not to be mistaken with SAB, the Drake University SBA is kicking off the fall semester with new ideas, new people and a new sense of excitement. SBA former copresident Mandy Osborn (B4), started the group as a requirement for her Drake Creative Services internship. The idea took off, now making up a group of 28 productive individuals. “It is an organization for students

who either enjoy sports, play sports or want to work in the sports industry after graduation,� Myndi West (B2), chair of SBA’s street promotions team said. SBA President Colin Hagan (B2) agrees. “We’re all about getting m e m b e r s involved and working with athletes,� Hagan said. A major goal of SBA is finding internships for its members. Hagan said that sports internships are very hard to come across, especially the good ones.

“You have to know someone,� he said. Grunt work can be the name of the game at some sports organizations, but SBA makes connections to find enriching experiences for future interns. SBA is a blend of journalism students and business majors, many of them balancing their time with athletics. It is structured into an executive board, composed of Hagan and vice-president Deidra Dirth (AS4), and three core committees, headed by Katie

Coomer (B3), Myndi West and Marshall Phares (B2). This year, the new structure has contributed to their vastly improved productivity on campus. With SBA’s hard work comes networking, social connections and key relationships with Drake athletics staff. SBA works with Drake Athletics to provide marketing, benefitting both parties involved. One very visible current project of SBA is Spike’s Army’s new dog tags. “I’ve learned that starting a student group isn’t all that easy, but I’ve learned how to get people what they need,� Hagan said. “What a lot of people from our group need is internship experience.� SBA is fully staffed this fall, but could potentially hold new-member interviews in the spring.


“The Soloist,� takes an unflinching look at the heart of homelessness and mental instabilities Foxx and Downey Jr. co-star in evoking drama of Los Angeles Times columnist by JONATHON MCDONALD Staff Writer




The critically acclaimed drama “The Soloist� is a heartfelt tale of an unlikely human bond. The film simultaneously addresses social issues regarding poverty, homelessness and America’s medical system. Steve Lopez, played by Robert Downey Jr., is a columnist for the “Los Angeles Times.� By chance, he meets Anthony Ayers, a homeless man portrayed by Jamie Foxx. Through career aspiration, he gains interest in Ayers for a potential column topic. As a boy, Ayers devoted all of his time to practicing the cello. Ayers showed strong promise as an up-and-coming name in classical music. He even attended Juilliard, but did not complete his education there. Unfortunately, his efforts were dashed by complications due to schizophrenia, which caused him to drop out of school. Lopez uncovers Ayers’ intriguing history and immediately realizes its potential for his column. Anxious to learn more, he begins spending more time with Ayers. Lopez also considers his efforts to be humanitarian as he reunites Ayers with his passion. During this time together, Ayers becomes greatly appreciative of Lopez and idolizes him, which is more than Lopez expected. Because of this, Lopez is faced with the decision to abandon Ayers or reciprocate the friendship. This struggle is evident throughout the film, as Lopez learns more of what Ayers experiences in his life while attempting to improve his conditions. All the while, he is ignoring Ayers’ attempts to improve his. The focus of Lopez’s




columns divert from his musical subject to his surroundings. Lopez sees the homeless communities of Los Angeles and witnesses the struggles they endure. It is here that the film’s message shines. The reality of the homeless environment and footage of actual homeless individuals draws the viewer’s attention to how real this issue is. This film goes one step further – not only does it draw attention to poverty, but it also touches on attempts to solve the issue. To help Ayers, Lopez places him inside a clinic that deals with impoverished people who are mentally ill. Rather than medicating Ayers, Lopez is told he is the best medicine for him. The film shows that medication seems to be the easy answer to all mental illness, but it still does not solve everything.

Footage of actual homeless individuals draws the viewer’s attention to how real this issue is. “The Soloist� provides the viewer with the opportunity to look inside the life of a homeless man. These people are often judged simply based on their circumstances, but they may have phenomenal potential. Unfortunately, it will never be known unless the individual is heard. “The Soloist� is an inspiring film with an important social message. It is important that the film not only be watched for the stellar performance of its cast, but that it is thought about and applied to the viewer’s life. It is not often that a film this real and powerful is released.

ALSO ON THE DVD: Feature-length commentary by director Joe Wright “An Unlikely Friendship: Making The Soloist� This 19-minute featurette has the cast and crew talking about filming the movie. “Beth’s Story� This two minute animated Public Service Announcement describes how a woman becomes homeless.

MOVIE TRIVIA: Many of the homeless people shown in the film are actually homeless. Despite his distrust of two-dimensional images, Nathaniel Ayers attended the premiere of the film in Los Angeles with his family. Trivia courtesy of



TODAY POLITICAL FORUM – WHAT: The forum focuses on the issue of health care. Speakers include Betty Ahrens, executive director of Iowa Citizens Action Network. WHERE: Levitt Hall, Old Main WHEN: 3:45 p.m.


VOLUNTEERING – Adult tutor training WHAT: Drake University’s Adult Learning Center is looking for volunteers to teach adults to read. Training begins today. WHERE: School of Education, Room 213 WHEN: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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DOGTOWN - Schedule of live music: Outside Stage: Inside Stage (Mars Cafe): 4:20 p.m. Finn Miles 6:15 p.m. Finn Miles 5:20 p.m. Menlo 7:30 p.m. Seedlings 6:30 p.m. Beati Paoli 9:00 p.m. Curry and Red 8:00 p.m. Maxilla Blue 8:00 p.m. Maxilla Blue 9:30 p.m. Cashes Rivers 9:30 p.m. Cashes Rivers





Capoeira high-kicks into gear on campus Rich in history, the Brazilian martial arts blends exercise with dancing, fighting by KRISTIN KOWALSKI

Staff Writer

Brian Adams-Thies, the new teacher of Capoeira at Drake, has some advice for prospective students. “You should go into the experience of Capoeira with the notion that you are going to not only learn music and movement, but also that you will be part of a community,” he said. Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art, doesn’t involve any actual contact. Instead, the two players closely watch each other’s movements to anticipate and react quickly and carefully. It’s also an exercise program, comprised of a unique cardio workout that tones the butt and shoulders. Thies, who started doing Capoeira 12 years ago, will be teaching the class on Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Capoeira involves a whole group of people, with two people sparring. The others surround them in a roda, or circle. The people in the roda play music and sing call-and-response songs about the fight. Thies said that the martial art is popular in big cities in the U.S. and around the world. “I’m excited to go to the class because it will be a fun, cultural experience and a great way to stay in shape,” Nichele Nebergall (PP2) said. The class will be tailored to the students and all levels of fitness are welcome. Thies said he encourages people to come out and try it. He stresses that Capoeira is a form of self-expression – it’s all about movement and how you move. Thies said that dancers are usually interested in Capoeira because

of its style. Capoeira is a communal activity because it involves everyone. Thies plans to take the Drake lessons slow at first, so that new students can feel more comfortable. Capoeira is not like your typical fitness class – it’s a unique experience. Capoeira has a long history. It began in Brazil and was brought to America by African slaves. The slaves couldn’t actually practice fighting, so they added music and made it appear dancelike. Some of the songs in Capoeira are to warn of the approaching master, others are to tell history or talk about famous Capoeira players. The music signals the start of a Capoeira game photo courtesy of BRIAN ADAMS-THIES and controls the tempo, which then influences the BRIAN ADAMS-THIES flips while practicing a form of Capoeira. Adams-Thies will begin teaching Capoeira movements. Thies plans to exercise classes at Drake this fall. incorporate the music of Capoeira by using a CD player at first, but hopes to get students who are interested to IF YOU’RE GOING TO TRY CAPOEIRA: learn and use the unique instruments. Another aspect of Capoeira is the color white. Most players wear white pants and a On Thursdays, classes are On Sundays, classes are white t-shirt or tank top. Capoeira involves a concentration held in the Bell Center at held in the Bell Center of culture, so it’s more than just staying 6:30 p.m. and last until from 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 in shape and getting stronger and more 8:30 p.m. p.m. flexible. “Be prepared to experience movements in a different way,” Thies said.

Students learn through environmental sounds Drake University Honors Orientation offers unique, interactive lesson plans by JANNA LAUER

Staff Writer

photo courtesy by CLARA BERGENE

HONORS ORIENTATION STUDENTS gather Wednesdays and Thursdays in various locations around campus as part of their Honors Orientation, entitled “Listening: Critters and Culture.”

A class on critters and culture? This semester, the sounds of the great outdoors are teaching Honors Orientation students to see the world in a whole new light. This year’s course is titled “Listening: Critters and Culture,” which is exactly what the students have been doing. So far, the class members have read articles about different birds, frogs and bugs. Members listen to them both outside in Helmick Commons and on programs such as National Public Radio. The listening is intended to make the students in the class more aware of the world around them. After the reading or listening, there is a discussion to help the students reflect about what they have heard. While this may seem to be a very particular subject and different way to go about learning, students seem to enjoy it.

“It is a creative outlet for most students, and it is a way to integrate various unusual topics in a classroom setting,” said Laura Vollmer (PP1). The course has opened students’ eyes to an obscure world. “I have learned a lot about noticing the things we often overlook,” Elizabeth Watton (AS1) said. The overall theme of the class looks at the environment through its relationship to critters. The environmental losses of the animals are used to demonstrate the need to care for animal habitats as well as the rest of the world. Orientation students in the class seem to enjoy the current learning method better than the traditional method of simply looking at the facts. It appears to be more powerful in encouraging students to draw their own conclusions about what is happening to the environment. “It is a titillating experience,” Kevin Matthew (P1) said of the class.

Dan Brown’s “The Lost Symbol” serves another round of intrigue, secrets and gripping action by LAUREN SMITH

Staff Writer

“The secret is how to die.” The mystifying opening line of Dan Brown’s newest thriller, “The Lost Symbol,” sets a chilling aura for the rest of the novel. This exhilarating tale follows beloved literary character, Robert Langdon once again into the depths of America’s founding secrets. Brown’s famous Harvard symbologist gives a lecture in Washington D.C. by request of his mentor, Peter Soloman. Upon Langdon’s arrival, he immediately encounters a bizarre turn of events. It is discovered that a frightening villain searching for what he calls the “Lost Word,” has actually kidnapped Soloman, and will only release him if Langdon breaks an ancient code. Readers may be pleased to discover that this is the first time a Robert Langdon adventure does not involve the Catholic Church. Although entertaining in Brown’s earlier works, “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels and Demons,” Catholic gothic church symbols play no role in helping Langdon complete his quest. This time around, Brown digs into a new chasm of American history, creating a whirlwind of adventure with a Masonic

symbol found all over the nation’s capitol. Brown expertly lays out a complex system of truth versus myth, exploring possible explanations for some of America’s greatest secrets. Helping Langdon uncover these secrets is Peter Soloman’s younger sister, Katherine. Katherine is a scientist, but more specifically, a Noetic scientist. Unlike Brown’s fictional title for Langdon as a symbologist, Noetic science is authentic. As stated in the book, Noetic science is based on the idea of fusing science with a state of mind, something that is similar to the basis of the recently popular novel, “The Secret.” By allowing someone to send positive or negative vibes into the atmosphere, they have the ability to alter future outcomes. Katherine takes this knowledge, along with Langdon’s gift for symbol reading, to desperately try and save her brother from the clutches of his captor. Brown does an excellent job developing

his characters in this novel, and reveals to us his most complex and terrifying character yet. Mal’akh covers all the aspects of Brown’s previous villains, from shadowy master to relentless rogue. With his body covered completely in occult tattoos, Mal’akh considers himself to be a sacred work of art. He will stop at nothing to obtain complete “transfor mation” and will harm anyone who gets in his way. Although “The Lost Symbol” is nowhere near as controversial Brown’s previous novel, “The Da Vinci Code,” it provides a faster pace and more thrilling read. With more defined characters, sharper plotlines and Langdon’s Washington D.C. adventure happening in just one night, it inspires readers to continue reading without stopping. Brown has either developed style-wise over the years, or his publishers have developed a keener eye.

Brown expertly lays out a complex system of truth versus myth, exploring possible explanations for some of America’s greatest secrets.

In previous works, some of Brown’s lines seemed more at home in a Danielle Steel romance novel. This quote, taken from the first chapter of Brown’s 2000 novel, “Angels and Demons” demonstrates Brown’s older style of writing. “Although not overly handsome in a classical sense, the 40-year-old Langdon had what his female colleagues referred to as an ‘erudite’ appeal – wisp of gray in his thick brown hair, probing blue eyes, an arrestingly deep voice and the strong, carefree smile of a collegiate athlete.” Although written much better than novels preceding it, “The Lost Symbol” indeed has its share of clunky lines. Some bright gems are present, including, “This guy eluded the French police … in loafers?” Whatever the case may be, it is undeniable that Brown has developed a stronger and more thrilling storyline this time around. To the unsuspecting reader, “The Lost Symbol” comes across as a masterpiece. What Brown continues to deliver time and time again is an enticing storyline filled with complex symbols and subplots. “The Lost Symbol” continues Brown’s legacy, becoming his most gripping novel to date.








STELLAR STATS Kourtney Arnold’s (B2) goals allowed per game average.


An up and down weekend for Bulldogs Drake wins impressive game against Oral Roberts before getting shut out against UMKC by SKYLAR BERGL

Staff Writer

In the midst of a seven game road trip, the highly touted men’s soccer team has hit some speed bumps early in the season coming into the weekend with a record of 3-2 and losses to Michigan and Memphis. The Bulldogs returned from the University of Missouri-Kansas City this weekend with a season record of 4-3 after a 4-0 win over Oral Roberts and an 0-3 loss to the hosts, UMKC. The first game of the weekend, against Oral Roberts, gave the Bulldogs some momentum with a strong all-around performance. A two-goal effort from Kenan Malicevic (B3) led Bulldogs past the Golden Eagles. Malicevic’s first multi-goal performance was only the Bulldogs’ second individual double-tally of the season. Malicevic gave the team the lead, opening the scoring in the 26th minute when he took a feed from Kevin Shrout (B4) and beat the keeper. Shrout picked up his second assist of the season on the play. “I was thrilled with our effort tonight after giving up four goals in a bad loss versus Memphis on the road last Sunday,” Head Coach Sean Holmes said. “Our

creativity, speed and ideas going forward were outstanding. It was nice for Kenan, who ended last year well, to finally get it in the scoring column.” The Bulldogs extended their lead in the 40th minute as Malicevic found Michael Noonan (B3) open in the box. His score, the second goal of the game was also the second of the season for Noonan. Less than a minute into the second half, Malicevic added his second goal of the game as he found the back of the net after winning a loose ball in the Oral Roberts box. A short six minutes later, the Bulldogs rounded out the scoring when Calvin Clark (B4) scored off of a corner delivered by Matt Kuhn (B3). The Bulldogs outshot the Golden Eagles 18-9 with Shrout and Malicevic amassing four shots apiece. “We were quick front to back and opened the game up side to side as well,” Shrout said. “We finished the opportunities we had and that was key. It was good to get a lot of goals on the road.” After the strong performance against Oral Roberts, the Bulldogs went into their game with UMKC seemingly with a full head of steam behind them. However, the momentum did not carry over in Drake’s favor as

the team dropped a 3-0 decision to the Kangaroos. “Our team in many ways is an enigma, to follow Friday’s outstanding performance with a game like this is puzzling,” Holmes said. “We dominated the game statistically in shots, chances and in possession, but we made poor decisions at key moments and that cost us dearly.” Holmes wasn’t far off with his estimation. The stat sheet showed another strong performance in all areas of the game, except the one that matters the most – goals scored. The Bulldogs held the advantage in shots over the Kangaroos 26-11 with Thomas Ostrander (B3) leading all players with five shots. Drake also had more corner kicks, as well as forcing the UMKC keeper to make eight photo by SARAH ANDREWS | Photo Editor saves in the game in comparison DEFENDER BRIAN WURST (B4) fights for possession with a DePaul deto the Drake goalkeeper Michael fender in the Bulldogs’ 2-0 win over the Blue Demons on Sept. 1. Drozd’s (B3) one save. UMKC took the lead in the came off a penalty kick for they created big opportunities in 23rd minute on a 25-yard strike from Chris Markey that flew into the Kangaroos, which put the the first 20 minutes and we left ourselves vulnerable as we pushed the upper left corner over Drozd. Bulldogs away 3-0. “It seemed to be a case of two up later in the game.” Ten minutes before the half, the The Bulldogs face off against lead was extended to 2-0 when games in one weekend,” Shrout a cross found Diego Rojas in the said. “They finished and we the No. 17-ranked Northwestern box, who put the ball in the top didn’t. We played well in the Oral Wildcats tomorrow at 5 p.m. in Roberts game and led in the stats Evanston, Ill. corner. The final goal of the game of the UMKC game as well. But


Plenty of defense against Cyclones


Improving on last season? The Drake men’s soccer team has had an early rollercoaster ride

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FORWARD CRYSTAL TOWNLEY (AS4) blows past a DePaul defender during the two teams’ 0-0 double-overtime tie. by MATT MORAN

Staff Writer

The Drake women’s soccer team posted its third-straight shutout with a 0-0 tie against in-state rival, Iowa State at Drake Stadium Sunday. The Bulldogs moved to 3-3-3 on the season, while the Cyclones’ record stands at 4-1-4. The defense held steady once again for Drake, as it continues to be the team’s strength in the early stages of the season. Bailey Dorrington (B3), Rachel Gielau (AS4), Karissa Brown (B4) and Melissa Lewis (AS4) anchored the Bulldog D in the first match-up against Iowa State since 2006, when the Cyclones defeated Drake by the score of 4-2. “Iowa State was a quality opponent,” Head Coach Lindsey Horner said. “It was a great result for

us to earn the shutout.” This game differed from the previous match, as both goalkeepers managed to keep the offense to a minimum with their hard work between the posts. Kourtney Arnold (B2) had eight saves for Drake on her way to collecting her fourth shutout of the year. In the opposing net, Ann Gleason blocked five shots for Iowa State. Although the score indicates a game with few shots on goal, there were plenty of opportunities for both teams. Iowa State accumulated 15 shots in the game, but thanks to Arnold’s strong play, none of them found the back of the net. Drake had its own share of offense as well, getting off 13 total shots. Liz Woerle (B, AS4) had a game-high four shots for the Bulldogs, while Blair Nelson (J4) managed two shots on goal. It was a hard-fought game between


both teams but in the end, both defenses controlled the outcome of the game. Neither team could tally the go-ahead goal, even through the game’s two 10-minute overtime periods. Despite not coming away with a victory, Horner said she was proud of her team’s effort. “Our work rate and intensity today were outstanding,” Horner said. Iowa State earned seven corner kicks on the day, but Arnold and the Drake defense denied each one. The Bulldogs had four corners but also could not convert. The Cyclones committed nine fouls throughout the game, while Drake had eight. The Bulldogs will be back in action tonight, when they travel to the University of Missouri-Kansas City to take on the UMKC Kangaroos.

he Drake men’s soccer team has underperformed. That may sound like a harsh statement, but for a team that entered the season ranked No. 21 in the country, expectations were sky-high for this season. The team showed encouraging signs during its seasonopening exhibition victory over Indiana, ranked No. 7 at the time. After winning its season opener, Drake has gone 3-3 in its last six games, losing to No. 22 Michigan and unranked opponents Memphis and UMKC. The team has only lost one game by more than a goal, but it seems like a common problem for Drake has been finishing well. Scoring goals in soccer is tough, a major reason many Americans do not appreciate the game, but the Bulldogs need to start taking advantage of more of the opportunities they get. In Sunday’s game, Drake managed an impressive 26 shots, but the fact that none of them found the back of the net must be worrisome to any Drake fan. This Friday’s game against the No. 17ranked Northwestern Wildcats is a huge test for the Bulldogs – if they can pull off the upset, it could be the perfect catalyst to get the team back on track as they head into the Missouri Valley Conference season. Here’s to hoping that the Bulldogs can find the form they had last season when they made the NCAA tournament for the first time. “We made the (NCAA) tournament last season but we’re looking to make it even further this year,” midfielder Kevin Shrout said in the Sept. 10 issue of The Times Delphic. “It’d be great to make the Sweet Sixteen or the Elite Eight this season.” The team’s start has been rough, but if the Bulldogs still want to make a run at the Sweet Sixteen, there is no better time to start than Friday.







S.D. ends Drake’s undefeated run Coyotes score early and often en route to a blowout over the Bulldogs by JACK THUMSER

Staff Writer

South Dakota scored on its first eight possessions – including six straight touchdowns in the first half – leading to a 51-21 victory, handing Drake its first loss of the season. Both Drake and South Dakota are now 2-1 for the season. The Bulldogs had allowed only six total points in their first two games before facing the juggernaut Coyote offense. South Dakota got on the board early with a combination of electric special teams and perfectly executed offense. “South Dakota is a real good team,” Head Coach Chris Creighton said in an official press release. “I felt the difference in the game was their speed on special teams. We couldn’t afford to make mistakes and give them good field position.” South Dakota’s Jeremy Blount took the opening kickoff into Drake territory. The Coyotes then marched down the field on a 10-play, 49-yard drive that was capped off with a one-yard touchdown run by quarterback Noah Shepard. Shepard may have had the most unique performance in all of college football last weekend. While playing quarterback and going 15-for-23 for 201 yards, Shepard ran for five touchdowns, tying a school record. Shepard’s five rushing touchdowns came on only 13 carries for 66 yards. He also garnered one touchdown through the air. Drake was forced to punt on its first possession, and Blount had


A DRAKE FOOTBALL PLAYER gives it his all as he dives for the pylon in this file photo from the Bulldogs’ game against San Diego, last year.

another good return into Drake territory. Shepard notched his second touchdown with a fiveyard run to cap off the possession and put the Coyotes up 14-0. The Bulldogs were able to kick-start the offense after falling behind by scoring touchdowns on the next two possessions. The first came by Tom Kostek’s (J3) five-yard run that capped a sixplay, 73-yard drive. After Shepard rushed for his third touchdown, Drake charged down the field again and scored on a five-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Mike Piatkowski (B2) to senior receiver Spencer Cady (B4).

Piatkowski – starting just his third game in his collegiate career – went 15-for-22 for 154 yards, a touchdown and an interception. So far this season Piatkowski has thrown two touchdowns and two interceptions with 67 percent completion. The Bulldog defense simply could not hold back the barrage of scoring from South Dakota. Shepard threw for a touchdown and added his fourth and fifth running touchdowns of the game before halftime to put Drake in a 42-14 hole. South Dakota scored touchdowns on all six of its first

half possessions. In the first half alone, the team totaled 297 yards of offense. In the second half, the Coyotes picked up right where they left off. Their first drive went for 74 yards on seven plays and resulted in a field goal. After stopping the Bulldogs on fourth down, the Coyotes took advantage of more good field position by scoring another touchdown – an Issac Newton 15-yard run – to take a 51-14 lead. The Bulldogs got on the board once more when Lucas Mosier (B4) intercepted a Shepard pass and took it back to the Coyote

12-yard line. Three plays later, running back Stephen Platek (B4) finished off the drive with a oneyard touchdown run and the final score of the game. “I’m 100-percent sure our team will respond to this in a positive manner,” Creighton said in the press release. “We know we can do something special this year.” The Bulldogs continue conference play next week when they take on Valparaiso at Drake stadium. Last year, the Bulldogs shut out Valparaiso 32-0 on the road to close out the season.

Bucklin bucks up to career-ending injury by PETER ZEMANSKY Sports Editor

Saturday, Sept. 12 is a day that Mason Bucklin (P3) will never forget. On that day, the Drake football team was in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., for its first-ever match-up with Pioneer Football League newcomers Marist. This is when the day took a turn for the worse for Bucklin: On a kickoff coverage play, Bucklin hit the ball-carrier and, on his way down, suffered an injury that he instantly knew would end his Drake football career. “When I hit the ball-carrier, my body was going down and I could tell my foot got stuck in the ground and I just felt the leg break,” Bucklin said. “I knew I was done for the season, and since I’m a senior, I knew I was done playing.” Bucklin’s first instincts about his injury were fairly consistent with what the medical staff found.

“He had a fractured fibula and a dislocated ankle,” Assistant Athletic Trainer Angie Dahl said. “He is going to be non-weight bearing for a couple months and then go through rehab, so he probably won’t be able to play sports for about six months.” Even though Bucklin’s presence as a back-up running back and consistent special teams player will be sorely missed by the Bulldogs team, Head Coach Chris Creighton says he sees Bucklin having a large impact on the team. “We’re definitely going to miss him on the field, we already do,” Creighton said. “He’s not going to play, but his season is not over. He is going to play an integral part on the team with his leadership for sure.” For the team’s Sept. 19 game, Bucklin’s mom was able to drive him to Vermillon, S.D., to watch the game. Bucklin says he plans to take advantage of this bittersweet role

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on the team that he has been a part of for four full years. “It is tough not being able to play football with my best friends,” Bucklin said. “However, I am still going to practices and staying heavily involved with the team.” Though Bucklin’s playing career is over, he is lucky enough to still have a strong future ahead of him. In the Sept. 25, 2008, edition of The Times Delphic, Bucklin was profiled and he emphasized the importance of academics in his life. “I came to Drake for academics rather than athletics,” Bucklin said in the article. “I took a visit

to Drake, wanted to stay in Iowa, talked to the football coach and ended up here.” Not only is he strong in academics, Bucklin, a presidential scholar, is a member of Drake’s prestigious School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences that, according to its Web site, is ranked in the top 10 of private pharmacy programs. Bucklin says that his experience in his major helped him deal with the difficulties of his injury. “I’ve worked in a hospital for two years, so I kind of knew what was going on,” Bucklin said. “At no point was I scared of being in the hospital or going through surgery – the anxieties a normal person might have.” Despite his experience in the medical field, Bucklin has still had to deal with the difficulties of a serious leg injury. “The hardest part is not being able to walk around and do the things that everyone takes for granted, like getting a gallon of

milk,” Bucklin said. “It’s been tough, but I have had a lot of support from the training staff, teammates, my family and friends.” Creighton credits Bucklin’s unusual resiliency as a factor that has impressed him since Bucklin’s injury. “He might be one of the toughest people I’ve ever met,” Creighton said. “At the hospital, the doctors had to reset his leg and they asked me to go out in the hall for it. I was expecting some kind of primal scream, but I never heard anything.” As Bucklin prepares for his life as a medical professional, one thing is certain – his positive attitude and good work ethic are skills that will serve him well as he faces a long process of recovering from his brutal sports accident. “Mason is a very strong-willed guy,” Dahl said. “He works hard and follows directions well so I’m sure he’ll come out of this just fine.”


BARRACKS Hey Bulldog Fans! Remember to sign up for the all new dog tag rewards program. It is a program that rewards your attendance at Drake Athletic events. The more events you go to, the bigger the prizes. Cost is only $10 for the whole year. Your first prize is your dog tag and a free Spike’s Army t-shirt just for signing up. Sign up for your dog tag at any Drake Athletic event or by returning a completed form (which can be found at SLC or the Bell Center) to the Bell Center. Also, if you are interested in being a part of Spike’s Army, the student fan organization, stop by the Drake Room of Upper Olmsted at 7:30 p.m. on Monday Sept. 21. Go Bulldogs! Chelsea ‘Bleeds Blue’ Smith






photos by ERIN HOGAN | News Editor

DRAKE AND IOWA STATE ROTC MEMBERS participated in a training program at Camp Dodge from Friday to Sunday. News Editor Erin Hogan was able to join them in several activities.

A recount of Saturday’s activities through the eyes of News Editor Erin Hogan by ERIN HOGAN News Editor

I arrived at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa, at 0940. However, the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadets of the Bulldog Company had been up since 0500. I drove through the gate, showed my driver’s license and parked in the lot after venturing down several roads and calling my Drake contact several times on my cell phone. The cadets had flocked to Camp Dodge to participate in the Field Training Exercise (FTX). I was escorted to the different training stations by Lt. Mollie Marken, the officer in charge of the Drake ROTC program. Marken said that the FTX gives cadets handson experience and leadership training. It also serves as an opportunity for the nine-person ranger team to practice for the Ranger Challenge. The challenge tests the skills of cadets from 12 schools across Iowa at the end of October. The cadets completed four training exercises at Camp Dodge last weekend, one of which was repelling down a tower. Cadet Captain Joel Sage (AS4) was in charge of the repel tower. The shorter side allowed cadets to repel down a 40-foot wall. The tall side tested their skills on the 60-foot tower. It was amazing to see students instructing each other and giving positive feedback.

LtC. Jay Soupene, a military science instructor at Iowa State University, said that the exercises were taught mostly by fellow students. Sage said that this was the first time many of the cadets had ever repelled down a wall, yet they stood there calm and collected, chatting with each other about homework and clips they’d seen on YouTube. Sage explained that overcoming personal courage was one of the Army’s seven core goals. That was one of the purposes of the repel tower exercise. They completed land navigation exercises, which involved plotting and locating assigned points, during the day and night. “It gives them a sense of accomplishment to locate the point,” LtC. Soupene said. “It’s all them.” They also completed a leadership reaction course and practiced throwing hand grenades. Lt. Marken and other cadets showed me how to throw a grenade (just the shell), and I am proud to say I got pretty close to the beaten-up Hummer that served as the target. The FTX training consolidates divisions from Buena Vista College, Drake and Iowa State University for the weekend. There are 18 to 20 students contracted in the Drake division of the ROTC program. Many Drake students participate in the physical training class

that takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday morning. However, only the cadets that have contracted to serve after graduation take the additional military science classes and participate in the FTX training weekend. Marken, an Iowa State University graduate, said that college ROTC programs across Iowa are one of the key contributors to the Iowa National Guard. Drake Cadet Jeremy Hild (AS1) said he was first motivated to join the program by pure patriotism, and then was attracted by the financial support ROTC provides. His national scholarship covers tuition and also provides him with a book allowance and a monthly stipend. “We can do anything to support what our kids want,” Marken said about the scholarship opportunities. As I told Lt. Marken that I was leaving, she arranged a ride to my car for me. Like all of the other cadets and ROTC professionals I spoke with, she thanked me for taking the time to come learn about ROTC. I have to say I’ve gained a much stronger appreciation for the courage, camaraderie and discipline of the ROTC cadets. “It’s all about the learning,” Cdt. Brooks Lambert (B3) said. I walked away having learned a lot – just not enough for battle, of course.

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